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American English Coonhound Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about American English Coonhound so you can get to know the breed more.

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American English Coonhound
OriginUnited States
Other Names
What other names does the American English Coonhound have? The dog breed also known as...
English Coonhound, Redtick Coonhound
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is American English Coonhound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is American English Coonhound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the American English Coonhound breed?
American Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryDog Registry of America Inc.North American Purebred Registry, Inc.United Kennel ClubAmerican Canine Association, Inc.
Price
How much does the American English Coonhound puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? American English Coonhound price:
$1000-$1200
If you choose to purchase the American English Coonhound, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a American English Coonhound for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the American English Coonhound gets to a happy place.

American English Coonhound History

The American English Coonhound, perhaps more commonly known as Redtick Coonhound, is obviously an American breed of dog, hence its name, that originated in the Southern United States. As the descendants of hunting dogs brought over to the New World from Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, American English Coonhounds are still valued today for their excellence as hunting dogs and loving dispositions.

According to experts, the breed shares a common history with many of the other Southern hound breeds. Their ancestor arrived mostly from England and Germany. However, settlers in the New World quickly discovered that their European dogs were poorly suited to their new environment. Dogs accustomed to working in cool England quickly collapsed of exhaustion and even died in the American summer. Higher temperatures also meant that there are substantially greater numbers and rates of canine infectious diseases and parasites in America, many of which proved fatal to dogs. When compared to heavily developed England, the terrain is also much more varied and difficult in America, which had tracts of swampland, mountain, and completely undeveloped woodlands. Perhaps most importantly, the wildlife of America was very different from that of Britain as the New World at that time was home to large populations of wolves, bears, cougar, alligator, wild hog, venomous snaked, and other creatures. American hunting dogs needed to be capable of working long hours in extremely hot temperatures, and fierce enough to handle dangerous quarry. As a result of this, they were mixed together with other dogs that were in America and were molded and bred over the years to fit the landscape and needs of the American South.

At one point, there were only two lines of Coonhound, one descended from German boar hunting dogs known as the Plott Hound and the other descended from Foxhound. It did not take long for the Foxhound line to split up into several distinct varieties. Some Coonhounds became heavily crossed with Bloodhounds from England, resulting in the Black and Tan Coonhound, who was the first Coonhound to be recognized as a distinct breed. A few breeders began to favor solid red Coonhounds, which later became known as Redbone Coonhounds, and the remaining Coonhounds became known as English Fox and Coonhounds, in honor of their English ancestry. Eventually, from this line, the American English Coonhound was created that is American by birth, English by ancestry.

By the 1700s, the scenthounds of the American South were regarded as being a distinct breed from their British counterparts. Furthermore, hunting became a major sport in the American South and Midwest, and raccoon hunting was one of its most popular forms. Due to the popularity of the sport, quality hunting dogs became highly prized and valuable. In order to test these dogs, raccoon hunting competitions known as coon dog trials began to be held in the 1800s. American English Coonhounds have always been major competitors at coon dog trials, and in fact, the first winner of a major trial was an American English Coonhound.

The breed remains almost exclusively a working dog, and the vast majority of breed members are either active or retired hunters. This does not mean that the breed is rare, as it is actually one of the most common dogs in terms of population size in the United States. For almost the entire 20th century, the breed has ranked in the top 10 breeds in terms of UKC registrations, usually in the top 5. The breed was accepted into the American Kennel Club’s Foundation Stock Service as the American English Coonhound in 1995. In 2010, it moved up to the Miscellaneous Class, following the recognition of the breed by the AKC in the hound group in 2011. The American English Coonhound also became eligible to compete in the National Dog Show in the same year, and a year later in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

American English Coonhound General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? American English Coonhound size:
Large
Weight
How much does the American English Coonhound weigh? American English Coonhound weight:
40 -65 pounds (18 - 30 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the American English Coonhound? American English Coonhound average weight:
40 -65 pounds (18 - 30 kg)
Height
How tall is the American English Coonhound? American English Coonhound height:
21 - 27 inches (53 - 69 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? American English Coonhound average height:
21 - 27 inches (53 - 69 cm)

American English Coonhound Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the American English Coonhound have? What does this canine coat look like?
Hard
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper American English Coonhound's coat?
Blue RedTricolorTanBrownWhiteBlack
Grooming
How to groom the American English Coonhound and how often?
Effortless: The American English Coonhound requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. American English Coonhound is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do American English Coonhound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the English Coonhound? American English Coonhound shedding level:
American English Coonhounds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

American English Coonhound Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the American English Coonhound have? What characteristics does the breed have?
ActiveStrungEnergeticLoyal
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the American English Coonhound? Are they intelligent?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. American English Coonhound obey for the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Trainability
Are American English Coonhound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
American English Coonhounds are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The American English Coonhound is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? American English Coonhound sensitivity:
American English Coonhounds don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
American English Coonhounds are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the English Coonhound need? American English Coonhound social needs:
American English Coonhounds are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do American English Coonhound dogs bark a lot? Why does my Redtick Coonhound bark?
Low to Average: The American English Coonhound rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is American English Coonhound good as a watchdog?
American English Coonhounds are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the American English Coonhounds will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do American English Coonhound dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
American English Coonhounds are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do American English Coonhound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the English Coonhound? What are the odds of getting bitten by a American English Coonhound? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The American English Coonhound has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the American English Coonhound do?
American English Coonhounds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but American English Coonhounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the American English Coonhound to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does American English Coonhound roam?
American English Coonhounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does American English Coonhound have high prey drive?
American English Coonhounds have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that American English Coonhound dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is American English Coonhound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
American English Coonhounds are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
American English Coonhounds adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
American English Coonhounds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where American English Coonhound dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

American English Coonhound Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
American English Coonhounds are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are American English Coonhound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? American English Coonhound and children:
American English Coonhounds are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do American English Coonhound dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
American English Coonhounds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is American English Coonhound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do American English Coonhound dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
American English Coonhounds are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the American English Coonhound is not a good choice.
Office Friendly
Are American English Coonhounds good office dogs? Do American English Coonhounds make good office friendly dogs? Can American English Coonhounds be office dogs?
No
American English Coonhound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do American English Coonhound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the English Coonhound temperament with senior people? Are American English Coonhound dogs good for elderly owners?
American English Coonhounds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do American English Coonhound dogs get along with other pets? Are American English Coonhound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
American English Coonhounds are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is American English Coonhound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
American English Coonhounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can American English Coonhound be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). American English Coonhound is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can American English Coonhound be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. American English Coonhound is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can American English Coonhound be a sniffer dog?
Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. American English Coonhound breed is a good choice for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can American English Coonhound be a search and rescue dog?
Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The American English Coonhound breed is a good choice for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can American English Coonhound be a boat dog?
Not really
American English Coonhound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can American English Coonhound be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. American English Coonhound is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

American English Coonhound Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do American English Coonhound dogs have health problems?
The American English Coonhound is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What health problems does the American English Coonhound breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the American English Coonhound breed? Health risks of American English Coonhound:
BloatCataractsEar InfectionsElbow DysplasiaHip DysplasiaProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy
How long do American English Coonhound dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a American English Coonhound be?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the American English Coonhound breed hypoallergenic?
No
American English Coonhounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the American English Coonhound have?
American English Coonhounds are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do American English Coonhound dogs require per day?
American English Coonhounds need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
American English Coonhounds don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the American English Coonhound need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
3 to 5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? American English Coonhound risk for obesity:
Average. The American English Coonhound has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the American English Coonhound's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The American English Coonhound can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The American English Coonhound has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the American English Coonhound drool?
The American English Coonhound is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the American English Coonhound could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the American English Coonhound. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

American English Coonhound Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female American English Coonhound: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the American English Coonhound have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the American English Coonhound have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-6 puppies

American English Coonhound Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: American English Coonhounds are very easy to train.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The American English Coonhound requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The American English Coonhound is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: American English Coonhounds are good watchdogs.
  • Child Friendly: American English Coonhounds are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: American English Coonhounds are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog: A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
  • Search and Rescue Dog (SAR): The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Hypoallergenic: American English Coonhounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: American English Coonhounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: American English Coonhounds do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Dog Friendly: American English Coonhounds are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: American English Coonhound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: American English Coonhounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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  • ELLIS CLARKSON

    Sep 21, 2020, 1:26:27 AM:

    High energy, stubborn to teach, but very able to learn. Might not be purebred, 80 lb red tick. Incredibly close and loyal to family, loud and on alert when greeting strangers, loud and energetic when greeting friends. Not friendly with other male dogs.